Created By: sgamer82 on July 15, 2009
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Utter Naming

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Do We Have This One?? I couldn't find anything matching it in searching for "one word name" so I'm assuming no. Either way, probably Needs a Better Title.

Essentially the inverse of Pokémon Speak, this trope applies to situations when characters with a limited or one-word vocabulary are named for that one word. Often, this will occur because other characters don't know this character's name, and are uncomfortable with not having something to call them beyond "Hey, you." The simple solution: take the only word(s) they ever utter and turn that into their name.

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Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • July 15, 2009
    histumness
    Oy from the Dark Tower series.
  • July 15, 2009
    JP4490
    Namedar? The examples there are more about naming from appearance, but this seems pretty similar.
  • July 15, 2009
    sgamer82
    Not really. Namedar is about the ability to know or deduce something's real name. Utter Naming tends to occur because the other characters don't know the name-ee's real name and don't have any other name to use. So an Utter Name isn't their real name, unless they simply didn't have one to start with.
  • July 15, 2009
    Nate the Great
    On Stargate SG 1 there is an Unas named Chaka. Or rather, that's what Daniel calls him, 'cause that's what he says most often. There's a language barrier, you see.
  • July 15, 2009
    jewelleddragon
    There was a kids' musical where the main character's only phrase was "No Fibbin'," so that's what the other characters called him. It was pretty odd.
  • July 15, 2009
    stardust_rain
  • July 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Anyang! In Arrested Development, Lucille Bluth adopts a Korean boy that doesn't speak English. He pretty much only says the word "Anyang," which means Hello or how do you do in Korean, and the Bluths decide that it is actually his name. Whenever he's present and one of them mentions Anyang, he usually says his name back (because that is the polite response if they were speaking Korean).
  • July 15, 2009
    Evalana
    Not exactly the same, but the idea behind it is: in an episode of Phineas And Ferb, the characters call an alien Meap because that's what he said when they asked what his name was, but that's all he says (until he gets hold of a translator).
  • July 16, 2009
    random surfer
    Previously YKTTWed as Verbal Tic Name
    • Gleep the baby dragon in the Myth Adventure book series. Subverted in a story written from Gleep's POV where it's shown he's quite intelligent and erudite.
    • Count Blah from Greg The Bunny has an extensive vocabulary, but he's named after his Verbal Tic of saying "Blah" at the end of sentences.
    • Eegah in the film of the same name.
  • July 16, 2009
    random surfer
    @UT 70: And it turns out his real name is "Hel-loh."
  • July 16, 2009
    Fighteer
    • Gollum from Lord Of The Rings, because of the noise he made in his throat, and Niniel (meaning "tear-maiden") in The Silmarillion, after losing her memory.
  • July 16, 2009
    ReadingChampion
    A Song Of Ice And Fire have Hodor, the lovable simpleton stable boy. His only word is "Hodor". People assumed that that is his name, but it's revealed that his real name is Walder, but since he only said Holdor, that's what everyone calls him.
  • July 16, 2009
    sgamer82
    Verbal Tic Name? I like it.
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